We all have opinions about the television shows we watch, but television criticism is about much more than simply evaluating the merits of a particular show and deeming it ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ Rather, criticism uses the close examination of a television program to explore that program’s cultural significance, creative strategies, and its place in a broader social context. How to Watch Television brings together forty original essays from today’s leading scholars on television culture, writing about the programs they care (and think) the most about. Each essay focuses on a particular television show, demonstrating one way to read the program and, through it, our media culture. The essays model how to practice media criticism in accessible language, providing critical insights through analysis—suggesting a way of looking at TV that students and interested viewers might emulate. The contributors discuss a wide range of television programs past and present, covering many formats and genres, spanning fiction and non-fiction, broadcast and cable, providing a broad representation of the programs that are likely to be covered in a media studies course. While the book primarily focuses on American television, important programs with international origins and transnational circulation are also covered. Addressing television series from the medium’s earliest days to contemporary online transformations of television, How to Watch Television is designed to engender classroom discussion among television critics of all backgrounds. Read: Introduction / Table of Contents / Sample Essays Online View: Clips from the Essays Visit the Facebook page.
Author: Ethan Thompson,Jason Mittell
Publisher: NYU Press
A guide to interpreting television news discusses how news programs are presented and the difference between what they say they present and what they actually deliver.
Author: Neil Postman,Steve Powers (Ph. D.)
Publisher: Penguin Paperbacks
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
This book covers the good and bad points in television viewing, choosing programs to watch, and understanding about commercials.
Author: Joy Wilt Berry
Publisher: Childrens Press
From one of the most admired critics of our time, brilliant insights into the act of watching movies and an enlightening discussion about how to derive more from any film experience. Since first publishing his landmark Biographical Dictionary of Film in 1975 (now in its sixth edition), David Thomson has been one of the most trusted authorities on all things cinema. Now, he offers his most inventive exploration of the medium yet: guiding us through each element of the viewing experience, considering the significance of everything from what we see and hear on screen - actors, shots, cuts, dialogue, music - to the specifics of how, where, and with whom we do the viewing. With customary candour and wit, Thomson delivers keen analyses of a range of films from classics such as Psycho and Citizen Kane to contemporary fare such as 12 Years a Slave and All Is Lost, revealing how to more deeply appreciate both the artistry and manipulation of film, and how watching movies approaches something like watching life itself. Discerning, funny and utterly unique, How to Watch a Movie is a welcome twist on the classic proverb: Give a movie fan a film, she'll be entertained for an hour or two; teach a movie fan to watch, her experience will be enriched forever.
Author: David Thomson
Publisher: Profile Books
Category: Performing Arts
Ein Jahr auf mörderischen Straßen
Author: David Simon
Examensarbeit aus dem Jahr 2006 im Fachbereich Englisch - Pädagogik, Didaktik, Sprachwissenschaft, Note: 1,7, Landesinstitut für Schule und Ausbildung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: „Thanks to TV, I can’t remember what happened eight minutes ago. No, really, it’s a serious problem.“ Bart, eine der Hauptfiguren der Fernsehserie "The Simpsons", bringt mit dieser Aussage die wohl schärfste Kritik am Fernsehkonsum von Jugendlichen auf den Punkt. Hartmut von Hentig, einer der bedeutendsten Pädagogen unserer Zeit, spricht von der „Vermoosung der Menschheit“. Viele andere Wissenschaftler, aber auch Lehrer und Eltern teilen diese Sorge. Sie befürchten, das Fernsehen würde Kinder verdummen, ihre intellektuellen Fähigkeiten verkümmern lassen. Widersprechen diese sicher begründeten Vorbehalte nicht grundsätzlich einem schulischen Einsatz von Fernsehen? Um diese Frage zu beantworten, werden zunächst fachwissenschaftliche und bildungspolitische Argumente aufgezeigt, die für eine Nutzung von Fernsehen im schulischen, insbesondere im fremdsprachlichen Unterricht, sprechen. Anschließend wird eine Unterrichtseinheit vorgestellt und reflektiert, in der das Fernsehen als Leitmedium für die Entwicklung des Hör-/ Sehverstehens fungierte und nachweislich fruchtbar gemacht werden konnte. Ein Ausblick auf mögliche Anknüpfungspunkte in weiterem Unterricht schließt die Arbeit ab.
Ein Unterrichtsversuch zur Entwicklung des Hör- / Sehverstehens in einer 9. Hauptschulklasse
Author: Franziska Wandschneider
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
Category: Foreign Language Study
Watching Shakespeare on Television looks at Shakespeare as a cultural phenomenon and at the videocassette as "text" - that is, as an object fixed in time as well as in its assumptions about its medium. Even films made to be shown at a cinema are also designed to become cassettes for the vast "secondary" market. H. R. Coursen's study of Shakespearean films and television productions includes such classics as Olivier's Hamlet and Brook's and Welles's King Lear, as well as more recent productions such as Kevin Kline's and Mel Gibson's Hamlets, Kenneth Branagh's Henvy V, and Peter Greenaway's version of The Tempest, Prospero's Books. Shakespeare's scripts are designed to be "open to interpretation." That openness is not the invention of disciples of Foucault or Derrida. The "meaning" of a Shakespeare script can never be fixed; rather, it is a temporal quality that shows how a script reflects, reinterprets, or reemphasizes the cultural and ideological assumptions of a particular moment in history. Shakespeare remains popular, as Branagh's Henry V, Zeffirelli's Hamlet, and a proliferation of Shakespeare's festivals prove. The energy known as Shakespeare cannot be isolated from the culture that constantly reappropriates the scripts and creates new audiences for them. Shakespeare "works" on television because television is a linguistic medium, and because we are becoming accustomed to the diminished scale of the television (and the videocassette), as opposed to the grander dimensions of cinema. Shakespeare survives domestication, but in ways that demand investigation about why and how the scripts can work on television, and about the nature of this medium when it is charged with Shakespearean energy. Watching Shakespeare on Television looks at Gertrude, a character often clear in performance even if "unwritten" in the script, and at Hamlet's disquisition to Yorick's skull, subject to a wide range of options and interpretations. Other subjects covered are "style" in A Midsummer Night's Dream, particularly the 1982 ART production; the advantages film has over studio productions; and editing scripts for television, with a focus on the Nunn Othello and the Kline Hamlet. In the latter production, long takes contrast with the quicksilver montage technique of Zeffirelli's film version. Another chapter examines Othello as a script demanding a black actor in the lead, and it looks at the Nunn and Suzman versions as cases in point. Closure in Hamlet is analyzed as well: television, the modern medium of political closure, tends to include Fortinbras, as opposed to film which usually excludes him. Another chapter evaluates Prospero's Books, where the importation of television to film tends to erase film's field of depth and results in no improvement, regardless of the trumpeted "technological breakthrough" of high-definition television. Finally, the book peers into the future of Shakespeare's moving image, with attention paid to Peter Donaldson's Interactive Archive at M.I.T.
Author: Herbert R. Coursen
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
Category: Performing Arts
This book won the Ohio Professional Writer’s, Inc. 2014 Communication Competition Award Now in its second edition, The Televiewing Audience is a user’s guide for the only household appliance that doesn’t come with one. Watching television seems relatively effortless – it is, after all, a major form of entertainment in the U.S. and overseas – yet this book argues that there is nothing simple about watching television; it is a learned activity which is in a constant state of revision and upgrading. Now more than ever, televiewing requires the generation and application of critical thinking to guide program selection, inform appreciation, generate greater pleasure, and inspire dialogue after consumption. This book is about becoming a more thoughtful and informed consumer, designed to shatter the anonymity of the televiewer, and to create a sense of community, for we rarely think of ourselves as instrumental in the televiewing experience or think of the experience as a shared event. Designed for courses related to broadcasting, media effects, media literacy, and audience studies, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the ways in which television influences the way we think about ourselves and our culture. It places us center-stage in the extremely complicated, competitive, creative, and costly endeavor that is television.
The Art and Science of Watching TV
Author: Robert Abelman,David J. Atkin
Publisher: Peter Lang
Category: Performing Arts
Full of enthusiasm, this guide sets out to convince non-believers that rugby is the world's greatest game.
Author: Spiro Bernard Zavos
Publisher: Awa Press
Category: Sports & Recreation
"Television Everywhere" is on the way. It's a generic term for using the internet to get TV to more devices in more places more conveniently - what you want, where you want, when you want it. It's far from a new idea. Plenty of futuristic notions of TV have been promoted in the past, usually by technologists with a shaky understanding of the television business. But this time Hollywood's content ownership combined with new, simple technologies could enable the television industry itself to take the lead and modernize television, while extending its economic life well into the future. More important than delivering TV through the internet is using the internet to retain and expand audiences for the TV we already have. That's what this book is about- why it's a problem worth solving, how to go about solving it, and how today's television industry will benefit from stepping in where cable companies, phone companies, and their technology suppliers are failing miserably. Aimed primarily at Hollywood, this book is for studio, network, and channel executives, producers, show runners, ad agency strategists ("digital" or otherwise), media buyers, and executives at ratings/measurement companies. We describe how Hollywood can both extend the life of so-called linear television and control the transition to internet-delivered TV, while building upon existing "starter" digital assets such as Hulu, or channel- and program-specific web properties and applications. Finally, this book is also a wake-up call to internet content and technology companies to take a fresh look at an old problem, using a comparatively new, low-cost set of approaches produced by the "Web 2.0" and cloud computing waves which emerged over the last several years.
How Hollywood Can Take Back the Internet and Turn Digital Dimes Into Dollars
Author: Andrei Jezierski
Publisher: i2 Partners LLC
Category: Business & Economics
Combining an exciting methodology alongside high-interest casestudies, Television in Transition offers studentsof television a guide to a medium that has weathered the challengesof first-run syndication, a multi-channel universe, netlets, majormedia conglomerates, deregulation, and globalization--all in thespace of twenty years. Examines a return in television programming to actionnarratives with individual (super) heroes intended to navigate thisnew, international, multi-channel universe Explores how television programming "translates" to new spatialgeographies: different nations, cultures, broadcast systems; anddifferent formats, distribution outlets, and screen sizes Looks at the value of a program's "afterlife," the continuedcirculation, repackaging and repurposing of programming beyond itsinitial iteration Blends institutional and textual analyses in casestudies of Highlander: The Series, Smallville, 24,and Doctor Who
The Life and Afterlife of the Narrative Action Hero
Author: Shawn Shimpach
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Performing Arts
Discusses some of the good and bad aspects of television and points out safety factors to observe while watching television, how to choose a suitable program, and how to adopt a critical approach to commercials.
A Children's Book about Watching TV Intelligently
Author: Joy Wilt Berry
Publisher: Children's Press
Over the past two decades, new technologies, changing viewer practices, and the proliferation of genres and channels has transformed American television. One of the most notable impacts of these shifts is the emergence of highly complex and elaborate forms of serial narrative, resulting in a robust period of formal experimentation and risky programming rarely seen in a medium that is typically viewed as formulaic and convention bound. Complex TV offers a sustained analysis of the poetics of television narrative, focusing on how storytelling has changed in recent years and how viewers make sense of these innovations. Through close analyses of key programs, including The Wire, Lost, Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, Veronica Mars, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Mad Men the book traces the emergence of this narrative mode, focusing on issues such as viewer comprehension, transmedia storytelling, serial authorship, character change, and cultural evaluation. Developing a television-specific set of narrative theories, Complex TV argues that television is the most vital and important storytelling medium of our time.
The Poetics of Contemporary Television Storytelling
Author: Jason Mittell
Publisher: NYU Press
Category: Literary Criticism
»Es war keine dunkle und stürmische Nacht. Eigentlich sollte es eine dunkle und stürmische Nacht sein, aber auf das Wetter ist eben kein Verlass.« Die Geburt des Antichristen steht unter keinem guten Stern. Eigentlich soll der junge Warlock von den finsteren Engeln Erziraphael und Crowley zum gefürchteten Höllenfürsten erzogen werden. Doch statt für die Apokalypse interessiert sich der Junge viel mehr für Baseball, seine Briefmarkensammlung und Kaugummi mit Bananengeschmack. Es stellt sich heraus, dass das Kind im Krankenhaus vertauscht wurde. Nun gilt es, den wahren Antichristen aufzuspüren. Zudem begreifen Erziraphael und Crowley, dass die Erde eigentlich doch gar keine so üble Gegend im Universum ist. Doch der Termin für den Weltuntergang rückt unaufhaltsam näher...
Der völlig andere Hexen-Roman
Author: Terry Pratchett,Neil Gaiman
Publisher: Piper Verlag
Updated with fifty percent new material, a guide for aspiring television writers draws on examples from some of today's most popular shows and includes coverage of such topics as developing a script, the process of transforming a script from the page to the screen, and evaluating a submission from a buyer's perspective. Original. 25,000 first printing.
Author: Madeline Dimaggio
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Performing Arts
The narrator tells the story of his neighbors' adjustment to life in America, as the three visiting Chinese graduate students are perplexed by the difference between Tide, Cheer, and Biz; Monday Night Football; and other American cultural phenomena
Author: Luke Whisnant
Publisher: Algonquin Books
How to Be Positive is Vol. 5 of a series about personal transformation. It is part of a set of books that will help you to achieve long lasting change and success in your life in a wide variety of areas. It is meant to be a blueprint to help you to think about ideas and action steps that you can take to start living a life filled with positivity and great optimism. This book, like all the others in the series, is a quick read (from a very real perspective) that can be read on its own or along with the others to build a foundation in your quest to create change in your life. If you're ready to commit to positive change in your own life, then "How to Be Positive: A Blueprint for Developing a Positive Attitude" is for you! Keywords: self-help, self development, self improvement, personal development, personal growth, success, inspirational, motivational, inspiration, motivation, positivity, positive attitude, optimism, optimistic, positive thinking
A Blueprint for Developing a Positive Attitude
Author: P. Seymour
Publisher: PKS Publishing